The University of New Mexico Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media (IFDM) program hosts the international project “Digital Latin America” at Mesa Del Sol on Saturday, Aug. 30, which is free and open to the public. The event begins at 2 p.m. with a series of short presentations and round table discussions with art practitioners and theorists.

The panel revolves around the question of how research is embedded within artistic practices and features artists and speakers from UNM, Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez, University of Arizona-Tuscon and Gun Gallery, an artist-run alternative art space in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

After the panel wraps at 4 p.m. participants are invited to an exhibition featuring digital media works in a variety of new and emerging technologies, including film, animation, photography, design and digital dome art produced by UNM students. The exhibit highlights current creative multi-media works influenced by and centered on Indo-Hispano communities of New Mexico and Latin American arts, culture and people.

The IFDM program is a model of interdisciplinary education that gives students necessary critical, creative and technical skills to apply digital technologies in innovative and productive ways. IFDM students specialize in one of four areas in the College of Fine Arts, School of Engineering, Anderson School of Management or the Arts & Sciences and work in collaborative interdisciplinary teams.

The worlds of art, science and technology are constantly changing, and fields that once appeared impervious to the presence of art are starting to utilize artists in many facets. IFDM combines the disciplines of art, science and technology to opens doors to its students and future professionals in fields once considered far removed from art, and is an important resource to the university and public in developing and sustaining media industries for the state of New Mexico.

Digital Latin America is an outgrowth of the Latin American Forum for the award-winning International Symposium on Electronic Arts produced by 516 ARTS in 2012. It explores the North/South axis of cultural development and exchange between Latin America and the United States. Digital Latin America looks at the ways in which artists negotiate the complex terrain between global and local, virtual and real, and political and private, in the creation of work that proposes alternative understandings of technology, art and cultural exchange.